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Seiji Takaku joined Soka University of America in 2002 as a professor of psychology. Before joining the faculty at SUA, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota State University. He received his B.A. with magna cum laude from UCLA, his M.A. from California State University, Long Beach, and his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. His dissertation on a cross-cultural examination of forgiveness won the Arthur H. Brayfield Dissertation Award for the ‘Most Meritorious Dissertation in Psychology' in 2000.
His research interests focus on cross-cultural examinations of people's apology (and excuse)-giving behavior, interpersonal forgiveness, and various strategies involved in interpersonal/inter-group conflict resolutions. He published several articles and book chapters on these topics.
On his spare time, he enjoys reading good books and playing golf. He also enjoys pumping irons every morning as he once dreamed of becoming a professional bodybuilder. His morning work-out routine has inspired a group of many "alpha male" students on campus who call themselves "Seiji Wannabees," and he just wishes them the best...He resides in Aliso Viejo with his wonderful wife Takako (Kiko), their adorable, smart, and very funny twin boys, Max and Leo, and their "show-quality" pet Maltese Milky.